Fire Sprinklers

Fire Sprinkler Installation, Maintenance, Testing & Inspections

Fire sprinkler systems are a critical component of a comprehensive fire safety strategy. Whether you operate a commercial building, an industrial facility, or a specialized environment like a data center, the right fire sprinkler system can make all the difference in an emergency. At Altus Fire & Life Safety, we offer a full suite of services that cover every aspect of fire sprinkler systems—from installation and maintenance to rigorous testing and inspections. Our certified technicians are experts in NFPA 13 and NFPA 25 requirements, ensuring that your system is not only compliant but also optimized for maximum effectiveness.

Why Choose Altus for Your Fire Sprinkler Needs

Navigating the complexities of fire safety regulations and insurance requirements can be daunting. That’s where Altus comes in. We simplify the process by providing tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of your facility. Our team conducts thorough inspections to identify any potential issues, such as incorrect spacing, corrosion, or other signs of damage that could compromise your system’s reliability. With Altus, you’re not just getting a service provider; you’re gaining a partner committed to safeguarding your property and its occupants. Trust us to keep your fire sprinkler systems in peak condition, so you can focus on what you do best—running your business.

Fire Sprinkler Inspections

The inspection of fire sprinklers in many buildings is either conducted irregularly or not performed by a qualified professional.  Sprinkler systems can fail to function as designed when there is incorrect spacing, corrosion, and other signs of damage.  The reliability of fire sprinkler heads may need to be checked if they have been painted over, they are out of service, or they are recalled.

Inspections of fire sprinklers are usually at the floor level, but if a problem is suspected, a closer examination may be required. Among the other important components of fire sprinkler systems that should be inspected at least quarterly and, in some cases, monthly are:

  • Gauges
  • Signage
  • Waterflow alarm
  • Tamper switches

With our help, Altus Fire & Life Safety Experts will deliver this review while also ensuring that your fire sprinkler inspections stay on track.

Fire Sprinkler Testing

Fire sprinklers have been proven to be extremely reliable fire protection systems for many years, however, testing of these systems is one of the most important functions to keep them working properly.  In contrast to most mechanical systems, sprinklers are largely idle and problems may go undetected without a fire sprinkler testing and Program plan.

As part of our fire sprinkler testing service, we test your system, including the following components:

  • Waterflow alarm devices
  • Supervisory alarm devices
  • Valves
  • Drains
  • Standpipes
  • Hoses
  • Fire pumps

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

It is common for fire sprinkler systems to be damaged by various conditions that can cause them to stop functioning during an emergency.  In order to maintain the functionality of these systems, including valves and components, proactive maintenance is essential.

When Altus’ technicians inspect and test your fire sprinkler system, they note any necessary or preventative maintenance repairs. We can handle repair and replacement of sprinklers, dry pipe systems, and other important items.  Whether you need sprinkler maintenance or a complete fire sprinkler system replacement, Altus is the company you can count on.

Types of Fire Sprinklers

Not sure what type of fire sprinkler your facility needs? Altus can help.

Fire sprinkler systems are not one-size-fits-all solutions. Various types are designed to meet the unique fire safety requirements of different environments. At Altus Fire & Life Safety, we specialize in providing the right type of fire sprinkler system that aligns with your specific needs. Below, we break down the different types of fire sprinkler systems and their ideal use-cases.

Wet Pipe Systems


Wet pipe systems are the most common and straightforward type of fire sprinkler system. In this setup, the pipes are filled with water under pressure, and the sprinkler heads are closed. When a fire is detected, the heat-sensitive element in the sprinkler head activates, releasing water immediately.

Wet pipe systems are best suited for environments where the temperature remains above freezing, such as office buildings, residential complexes, and most indoor commercial spaces.

Dry Pipe Systems

 

In a dry pipe system, the pipes are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen. Water is held back by a control valve and only released into the piping when a fire is detected and the sprinkler heads activate.

Dry pipe systems are typically used in unheated or outdoor areas where water-filled pipes could freeze, like parking garages, warehouses, and loading docks.

Deluge Systems


Deluge systems employ open sprinkler heads connected to a dry pipe. When the detection system senses a fire, it opens a deluge valve, allowing water to flow through all sprinkler heads simultaneously.

These systems are ideal for high-hazard environments where rapid fire spread is a concern, such as chemical storage facilities or aircraft hangars.

Pre-Action Systems


Pre-action systems are a hybrid of wet, dry, and deluge systems. They require a two-step process for water release: first, the detection system must identify a fire, and then the sprinkler heads must activate. This dual-action requirement minimizes the risk of accidental discharge.

Pre-action systems are often used in data centers, museums, and other locations where accidental water discharge could be particularly damaging.

Foam Water Sprinkler Systems


These systems mix water with foam concentrate to create a foam spray from the sprinkler. This foam can more effectively suppress certain types of fires by cooling the fire and coating the fuel, preventing its contact with oxygen.

Foam water sprinkler systems are commonly used in environments where flammable liquids are stored or processed, such as in petrochemical facilities and aircraft hangars.

NFPA Compliance

Compliance with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards is not just a regulatory requirement; it’s a commitment to safety. At Altus Fire & Life Safety, our certified technicians are well-versed in the intricacies of NFPA 13 and NFPA 25, which are the cornerstone standards for fire sprinkler systems. Understanding these standards is essential for ensuring that your fire protection system is both effective and compliant. Here’s how these NFPA standards relate to fire sprinkler systems:

NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems


NFPA 13 is the comprehensive standard that outlines the guidelines for the design and installation of fire sprinkler systems. It covers a wide range of considerations, from the types of sprinklers that should be used in different settings to the spacing and positioning of sprinkler heads. The standard also provides specifications for water supply requirements, hydraulic calculations, and the use of fire pumps and standpipes.

Adhering to NFPA 13 ensures that your sprinkler system is optimally designed to control or suppress fires, thereby minimizing damage and saving lives. Non-compliance not only exposes you to legal repercussions but also compromises the safety of your facility and its occupants.

NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems


While NFPA 13 focuses on installation, NFPA 25 is the go-to standard for the ongoing care of your fire sprinkler system. This standard outlines the frequencies and procedures for inspections, testing, and maintenance activities. It covers everything from checking the condition of sprinkler heads and testing water flow rates to inspecting alarm devices and conducting annual internal pipe examinations.

Regular inspections and maintenance as per NFPA 25 ensure that your fire sprinkler system remains reliable and effective over time. It helps in early identification of issues like corrosion, leaks, or obstructions that could impair the system’s performance during a fire emergency.

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